Lives Lost and Lives Saved
The Leapfrog Group recently contracted with the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins on an analysis of the number of lives lost due to medical errors at A, B, C, D, and F hospitals. In total, the analysis showed that an estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths occur in U.S. hospitals each year, which is likely an underestimate of the actual figure. The analysis also found that D and F hospitals carry a nearly 50% greater risk of mortality than A hospitals. Over 33,000 lives could be saved if all hospitals performed at the level of A graded hospitals.
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